The book shows a multitude of commissions: new builds, conversions, interior designs through to objects such as furniture and lamps. At each scale level, a basic idea is introduced, a theme as the backbone of the project. The recent large architecture projects also depart from a similar vision.
Seven years after his first book, Bart Lens and his team Lens°Ass show how this approach can lead to exciting projects. Formulating a concept as clearly as possible is the basis of every design. With the right choice of materials and controlled detailing, creations that radiate calm and serenity emerge. The clear use of lines strengthens the pure emotions that arise between the design and the light. The great care for the interior in all its facets is a constant preoccupation of Lens°Ass.
If you Google the name Lieven Musschoot, you will read several times that the interior architect from Knok does not consider the ego of the designer to be important. Lieven Musschoot does not impose himself; on the contrary, he is a good listener, picking up on the smallest details and only translating his own vision after a careful reading of the wishes and desires. Musschoot designs total concepts, whereby he not only arranges the space, designs the furniture and the wall coverings, but even designs the type of bread baskets and table nappies. Those who work with him choose all or nothing.
Colours can be magical. Chris Mestdagh, one of Belgium’s most versatile designers, proves it convincingly in Colorful Retreats, a beautiful mood book in which he immerses us in his favourite colour palettes on the basis of various mood reports.
Perfection, symmetry, detail, patience, focus, precision, passion… these are just a few of the concepts that spontaneously spring to mind when we talk about Japanese floral art. It is also these characteristics that ensure that Japanese floral artists remain in a league of their own.
Under the label ‘styleless’, dmvA makes every possible style its own. In this way, the office immediately removes every limitation and at the same time supports the concept that timeless architecture does not exist. They act as scenario writers, transforming the programme into a screenplay, spaces into sequences and allowing the building to tell a different story every time. They are no mathematical theorists, but designers driven by emotion, commitment, art and sex, resulting in a plastic, thoroughly detailed architecture in which maximalism is achieved in a minimalist manner.